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Lesson plans from a tragedy

Personal tragedies tear at a school community but they can also strengthen a community’s bonds…. Read More

Principal advice

By Rick Dufour

Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.” If this is the case, I gained a lot of “experience” as the principal of a PLC school because I made a lot of mistakes.  Based upon these experiences, I share the following… Read More

A university goes to school: Rethinking the university’s role in school reform

By Jessica Nina Lester, Robert Kronick, and Gavin Luter

There is no shortage of ideas around how to reform education, particularly for youth described as “at risk for failure.” In 2012 (see Lester, Kronick, and Benson), we described one approach to addressing the afterschool needs of youth in Knoxville,… Read More

How to Motivate Your Students and Yourself

Did you know that you can energize your classroom and yourself at the same time? High-energy classrooms stimulate thinking and set off a positive domino effect. The key to motivating students is to provoke, arouse, and encourage their thinking. Teaching strategies that empower students to learn go a long way… Read More

Classroom culture: Democratic classrooms

By Beverly Logas Koopman

The culture of a classroom has a lot of impact on how a classroom operates minute by minute. Entire programs, like Responsive Classroom, have been built around this one reality. For more than a decade, I’ve been using a democratic approach to my classroom’s daily meeting…. Read More

Let’s get personal

By Carolyn Bunting

So much of teaching is now driven by data (i.e., test scores) and dictated by “best practices” that teachers are losing confidence in their own creativity. Yet despite these unfortunate consequences of No Child Left Behind, the important work of teachers remains unchanged — the work of… Read More

Driven by data?

By Janet Angelis

Phrases like “data-driven instruction” and “data-driven decision making” make me wonder exactly who is driving, the data or the people? If we don’t stop to ask, “Where are we going?” “For what purpose?” and “What evidence do these data provide?” we risk putting data in the driver’s… Read More

700 hours to read

By Joan Richardson

Every Thursday night, I teach an American high school graduate how to read. Kita and I have worked together for two hours a week almost every week for 3½ years. That means that she has invested roughly 350 hours of face-to-face time with me plus a roughly… Read More

Tipping education

By LOIS BROWN EASTON

I am wondering what it will take to tip education into a more student-centered approach to learning. Malcolm Gladwell’s 2002 book The Tipping Point charged me up — change can happen! Gladwell described transformations that were epidemic in nature, both for good and bad. The good… Read More

Different roles in tough times

Wise organizational leadership sees challenging times as opportunities to grow and learn…. Read More

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